Helen Mirren talks turning 70 and fronting beauty campaigns

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Dame Helen Mirren may have celebrated her 70th birthday on Sunday, but the Oscar-winning actress has shown no signs of slowing down when it comes to her hectic work schedule. The British icon, who is currently the face of L'Oreal Paris, opened up about hitting the milestone age and fronting her first beauty campaign during an interview on ITV's Good Morning Britain.

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Helen Mirren celebrated her 70th birthday on Sunday

"I look 70 with a lot of makeup on and nice hair, I do totally look 70!" she told Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard. "I don't have a motto for life, I really don’t except I’m getting less and less rule bound. The older I get, the more I realise there are no rules really, ultimately, we all have ways of living life and we impose rules upon ourselves all the time."

The Hundred-Foot Journey actress also spoke about working with L'Oreal Paris, revealing that she felt age shouldn't play a part in wanting to have fun with beauty.

"To do a beauty campaign at my age is a bit sort of out of order really," she said. "I think you don't lose interest as a woman – or maybe as a man – we don't lost interest in these things as we get older, all we do is get more knowledge about them."

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Helen Mirren is currently the face of L'Oreal Paris

"We get more knowledge about what’s good for you, what’s bad for you, what works for you, what doesn’t work for you and so I don’t see why as an older person you should be excluded from the fun of all of that.”

However, The Queen star was quick to add that she finds the media's fascination with her age and her beauty routine "boring". "No, I don't understand your fascination with it," she said.

"I just take it as part and parcel of my job and it is," she continued. "I've always had that attitude and I’ve been dealing with this sort of thing all of my life actually, all of my professional life, but I’ve always seen it as a part of my job and I just take it as it comes really. Sometimes I put my foot in my mouth and I get into trouble and sometimes I don't, but I refuse to sort of be afraid of it."

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